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Who Should I Draft?

Stephen Strasburg or Xander Bogaerts (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Stephen Strasburg
SP - WSH
Stephen Strasburg
Xander Bogaerts
SS - BOS
Xander Bogaerts
Expert
Recommendation
55%
Recommended by
30 of 55 experts
45%
Recommended by
25 of 55 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 26# 28
Best Rank# 17# 19
Worst Rank# 78# 70
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 23# 34
Best Rank# 21# 31
Worst Rank# 26# 35
   
Projections 
   
Runs34
Home Runs910
RBI36
Stolen Bases2
Batting Avg.294
Strikeouts8043
Wins5
Saves0
ERA3.62
WHIP1.16
   
Misc 
   
Injury AlertIL60-
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 25# 26
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 30# 33
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 21# 24
   
Site Rankings
Sports Illustrated
# 39# 70
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 25# 32
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 22# 43
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 35# 44
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 26# 37
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 20# 28
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 28# 65
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 25# 46
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 24# 25
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 19# 30
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 23# 28
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 26# 31
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 23# 27
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 24# 30
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 27# 40
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 17# 34
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 19# 37
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 28# 29
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 30# 32
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 34# 37
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 27# 28
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 30# 35
   
M. Starks Powell
New Life Fantasy
# 30# 47
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 20# 32
   
Brendan Tuma
BettingPros
# 20# 32
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 29# 36
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 31# 43
   
George Kurtz
SportsGrid
# 25# 21
   
Josh Shepardson
FantasyPros
# 26# 23
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 26# 25
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 27# 23
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 28# 26
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 28# 22
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 28# 27
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 29# 28
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 29# 19
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 30# 26
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 30# 26
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 31# 29
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 31# 30
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 32# 30
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 32# 23
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 33# 30
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 33# 31
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 33# 27
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 35# 28
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 36# 24
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 39# 26
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 40# 29
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 56# 22
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 63# 47
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 78# 26
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Stephen Strasburg
SP - WSH
Stephen Strasburg
Xander Bogaerts
SS - BOS
Xander Bogaerts
2019 Stats 
   
   
Runs110
   
Home Runs2433
   
RBI117
   
Stolen Bases4
   
Batting Avg.311
   
Strikeouts251122
   
Wins18
   
Saves0
   
ERA3.32
   
WHIP1.04
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Stephen Strasburg
SP - WSH
Stephen Strasburg
Xander Bogaerts
SS - BOS
Xander Bogaerts
2020 Projections 
   
   
Runs34
   
Home Runs910
   
RBI36
   
Stolen Bases2
   
Batting Avg.294
   
Strikeouts8043
   
Wins5
   
Saves0
   
ERA3.62
   
WHIP1.16
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Stephen Strasburg
SP - WSH
Stephen Strasburg
Xander Bogaerts
SS - BOS
Xander Bogaerts
News 
 Stephen Strasburg underwent surgery Wednesday for carpal tunnel syndrome in his pitching hand.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Aug 26th
Xander Bogaerts went 2-for-3 at the plate with a solo home run in Sunday's 9-1 win over the Braves.
John Aubin
Mon, Sep 28th
 Stephen Strasburg will have hand surgery on Wednesday in Baltimore. The procedure is to repair the carpel tunnel neuritis in his right hand.
Jon Mathisen
Sun, Aug 23rd
Xander Bogaerts went 2-for-4 with an RBI single, a stolen base, a run scored, and a walk in Saturday's 8-2 win over Atlanta.
John Aubin
Sun, Sep 27th
 Stephen Strasburg (hand) was placed on the 60-day injured list Saturday, and will undergo surgery next week.
Brad Camara
Sat, Aug 22nd
Xander Bogaerts went 1-for-4 with a walk and scored two runs on Tuesday as the Red Sox beat the Orioles by an 8-3 score.
John Aubin
Wed, Sep 23rd
 Nationals co-ace Stephen Strasburg has been diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome in his right ahnd.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Fri, Aug 21st
Xander Bogaerts went 2-for-4 at the plate and scored a run as the Red Sox beat the Marlins on Thursday by a 5-3 score.
John Aubin
Fri, Sep 18th
 Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg, who left his start yesterday in the first inning, is headed back to the injured list. Strasburg began the year on the IL due to a nerve issue in his hand.
Mike Maher
Sat, Aug 15th
Xander Bogaerts went 1-for-5 at the plate with a run scored on Wednesday as the Red Sox lost to the Marlins by an 8-4 score.
John Aubin
Thu, Sep 17th
Notes 
 I can't fully trust Strasburg to stay healthy and the Nat's have babied his inning totals his entire career. The ability is elite, the production and my ranking is slightly dinged by his lack of durability.
Chris Mitchell - FantasyData
Regression is coming in both HRs and Batting Average. Still a legit offensive SS.
Chris Mitchell - FantasyData
 Strasburg is coming off of a year where he threw 209 regular season innings on top of 36 innings in the playoffs, so he has the workload carryover concern for 2020. In 2014, Strasburg threw 215 innings, and he followed it up with 127 in the next season, so the shortened season should help him out this year. Add to the workload and injury concerns that his 2019 velocity and movement most resembled that of Pablo Lopez, Jake Arrieta, Jorge Lopez, and Tyler Mahle. Strasburg is a top-12 pitcher still, yes, but you should look to pair another higher-end SP with him as insurance.
Michael Waterloo - FantasyPros
If you look at the early shortstops taken - Trevor Story, Francisco Lindor, Trea Turner, Alex Bregman - Bogaerts was able to add his name as far as fantasy value to that core four last year, but he's cheaper this year. Why? Well, despite having the breakout season in 2019, there wasn't a lot below the surface that was really different. Bogaerts is a good player, but is he that much better than the other options at the position that can be had rounds later? If he repeats the breakout, sure. If not, you're breaking even with the pick at best.
Michael Waterloo - FantasyPros
 Strasburg reached the 200-inning plateau for the second time in his career, and set a career high in wins with 18. Other than staying completely healthy, however, his numbers looked pretty much as they always have - just below the truly elite pitchers, but worthy of coming from your ace. Don't be sucked in by his magical postseason (1.98 ERA, 0.94 WHIP). Draft Strasburg as a top-10 pitcher, but expect his usual low-3.00 ERA and solid all around numbers.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
Bogaerts had an outstanding 2019 season, obliterating his career-high in home runs and RBI and getting his batting average back over .300. But the thing is, his underlying metrics don't look all that different from his solid but unspectacular 2018 season. His strikeout rate, hard hit percentage, average exit velocity, and launch angle all remained nearly identical, while his steals (only four) continued to trend down to a now useless level from a fantasy perspective. Bogaerts is still a fine option but at a strong position and now batting in a weaker lineup, be careful not to waste too high a pick on him.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
 A candidate to be over drafted coming off career-year and playoff heroics
Brendan Tuma - BettingPros
Power finally broke out in 2019. Remains in a loaded lineup
Brendan Tuma - BettingPros